University of Calgary Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2021

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University of Calgary President and Vice-Chancellor Ed McCauley
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6 Ratings
Pros
  • "Excellent work environment, good support for your study(in 70 reviews)

  • "Great work life balance, inclusive(in 54 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Low Salary, No growth opportunity(in 24 reviews)

  • "extremely low pay, hours can be cancelled(in 18 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good experience with flexible hours

      Jul 24, 2021 - ITS Assistant in Calgary, AB
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      Pros

      As a student, it was helpful to find a job on campus. The staff is very kind and considerate and explain job requirements very carefully.

      Cons

      Sometimes the work can be tiring since you're moving heavy equipment around but those requirements are listed in the job postings so it's just part of the job. There really isnt any con

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good place to work as a student

      Jul 22, 2021 - Teaching Assistant 
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      Pros

      Professors are knowledgeable and I learn a lot from them

      Cons

      Haven't found any drawbacks, I enjoyed working here

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Good

      Jul 19, 2021 - Teaching Assistant in Calgary, AB
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      Pros

      Good experience overall no complains

      Cons

      nothing bad to say about them

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Stagnation and poor leadership

      Jun 24, 2021 - Instructor in Calgary, AB
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      Pros

      Calgary is a great city (close to mountains, relatively affordable) Met some really bright and kind colleagues Pretty nice campus

      Cons

      Board of Governors and leadership are mostly careerists. They do not see themselves as custodians for the long-term health of the institution. Instead, they adopt initiatives that will make their lives easy, avoid bad press, serve them for the length of their term. Faculty pay is not great. Colleagues of the same rank and comparable institutions make considerably more (20k-40k difference). Merit increments are very modest, even for top performing faculty. No cost of living increases in many, many years. Huge brain drain would not surprise me.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good pay but dealing with bureaucracy isn't ideal

      Jul 22, 2021 - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB
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      Pros

      If you work with a good prof, you get a good salary and good experience to get you into the workforce

      Cons

      Pay is dependent on the prof you work for, sorting out the pay through the bureaucracy of the University sometimes feels like jumping through hoops

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good place to work

      Jul 14, 2021 - Genome Analyst in Calgary, AB
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      Pros

      AUPE takes care of employees

      Cons

      I don't have any cons yet

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good for PhD student

      Jul 12, 2021 - Grad Student in Calgary, AB
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      Pros

      Good weather and great lab environment

      Cons

      Too cold a place. w

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great people poor management

      Jul 18, 2021 - Research Associate in Calgary, AB
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      Pros

      great people, seminars and learning opportunities

      Cons

      poor work-life balance, ALWAYS overtime and take home work, also management and HR

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Research Analyst

      Jul 6, 2021 - Research Analyst in Calgary, AB
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      Pros

      Warm and welcoming people that always want to teach and help you progress in the field of interest

      Cons

      Working from home and not in person

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Poor salary and benefit package

      Jul 23, 2021 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDF) in Calgary, AB
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      Pros

      Work-life balance is good, schedule is flexible depending on the PI

      Cons

      Poor salary and benefit package

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